May 29, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)


While I suppose that
strictly the motion before the house is not subject to debate, I may say that having regard to what transpired on Thursday, May 14, 1931, and to statements that were made since by some hon. gentlemen opposite, I thought it desirable that we should make the motion that now stands in my name. It will be remembered that the house on Ascension day, 1931, divided upon this question, unfortunately, and some of the members left the house. Hence I have always thought it

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desirable that some arrangement should be made that would be satisfactory to all parties. We did1 sit in 1933, I think with the general approval of the house.
As far as the question of this house proroguing is concerned I may say that I am [DOT]quite as anxious as any hon, gentleman to see it prorogued. As far as the question of an election is concerned, I have pointed out *on more than one occasion that if we are to permit those who will be entitled for the first time to vote to have their names upon the lists, the business could not be expedited beyond what has already been done.
With respect to the legislation still to be introduced, I think this house probably has had more ample opportunity to consider legislation arising out of the report of the royal commission and the committee of the House of Commons on price spreads than it has had with respect to most legislation. It will be known to all members that there are some bills that have yet to be introduced to carry into effect the recommendations made by that commission. During the recess the law officers of the crown, with such legal assistance as they thought necessary, have been engaged in drafting the legislation. It has all been drafted, hnd numbers of the bills have been considered by council and are now upon the order paper. I hope that by Friday next all the bills that arise out of that report will be ready for submission to the house on the succeeding Monday, and notice will be given accordingly. That is our expectation. To those who have studied the matter it is only necessary to point out that there are large numbers of enactments upon the statute books of this country that cover many matters that are recommended for consideration of this house by that commission, and it is a somewhat tedious and tiresome and lengthy process to follow them all through in [DOT]order that proposed legislation may not overlap existing legislation. However-, I think that will be concluded, as I say, so that on Friday we may be able to give notice of the remainder of the legislation that arises out of those recommendations. There are one or two amendments to existing statutes that have to' be made, as I mentioned the other day, but that should not engage the attention of the house for any great length of time. The resolutions arising out of the budget have not yet been enacted, I believe it was the intention of the Minister of Finance, if his health permits, to take those up on Friday in order that he may advance them as rapidly as possible.
I do not think there is any reason to believe that outside of the legislation I have mentioned and the legislation that is foreshadowed on the order paper with respect to a grain board, there is any other legislation of great significance, except as I have said some amendments to existing statutes, not of great importance, that will be submitted to the house. I confidently hope that by the middle of this coming week we shall have finished our efforts towards the enactment of legislation at this session. I can only assure the right hon. gentleman and members of this house that as far as we can we shall endeavour to facilitate the early prorogation of parliament, in order, as has been said by the right hon. gentleman, that the will of the people of this country may be made known.

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